Incorporating Flow for a Comic [Book] Corrective of Rhetcon

by Garret Castleberry

Institution: University of North Texas
Year: 2010
Keywords: Flow; Y: The Last Man; rhetcon; Kenneth Burke; capitalism; Victor Turner; Green lantern; graphic novel; Graphic novels  – History and criticism.; Johns, Geoff, 1973- Green Lantern, rebirth.; Vaughan, Brian K. Y, the last man.; Attention.
Record ID: 1882612
Full text PDF: http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc28405/


In this essay, I examined the significance of graphic novels as polyvalent texts that hold the potential for creating an aesthetic sense of flow for readers and consumers. In building a justification for the rhetorical examination of comic book culture, I looked at Kenneth Burke's critique of art under capitalism in order to explore the dimensions between comic book creation, distribution, consumption, and reaction from fandom. I also examined Victor Turner's theoretical scope of flow, as an aesthetic related to ritual, communitas, and the liminoid. I analyzed the graphic novels Green Lantern: Rebirth and Y: The Last Man as case studies toward the rhetorical significance of retroactive continuity and the somatic potential of comic books to serve as equipment for living. These conclusions lay groundwork for multiple directions of future research.